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Sunday, November 16, 2014


I just found out that Arley won FIRST PLACE in swimwear at the Rocky Mountain Entertainment Agency's Northwest Model Competition in Kalispell yesterday!  Congrats Arley!  I am so happy to see your handwork pay off and all of your photographer friends in Billings Montana are proud of you!!!  Keep up the good work!

I always love it when Arley stops by the portrait studio!  She’s a new model with Rocky Mountain Entertainment Agency, and still developing her portfolio.  It’s inspiring to be around someone as motivated and hard working as Arley.  We had a quick test session and worked on some fashion and lingerie portraits and Arley just killed it!  I can’t wait to see where her modeling career takes her!

Lighting tips for photographers: These photos are lit with one light, a large silver bounce umbrella directly to Arley’s right and about a foot above her head height.  But just telling you where I placed my light doesn’t help much if you can’t see the light for yourself, so I will describe what it looks like.  You can determine the angle of the umbrella by looking at the angle of the shadow created by her nose.  You can also see that this angle creates nice definition on her abs.  There is also an 8 foot white reflector to her left that is filling in a little bit of the shadow details.  This reflected fill light is most noticeable on the shadow side of her hair where details are still clearly visible and on her left jaw line which is just barely visible thanks to this reflected light.  You have to look close if you want to learn to see the light.

Paul Bellinger, Billings Montana portrait photographer specializes in modern, stylish fashion portraits.  Paul is available for any type of portrait session, from corporate headshots to intimate portraits.  To book Paul Bellinger for a portrait session in Billings Montana or anywhere in the world, please visit www.portraits.paulbellinger.com

Tuesday, October 28, 2014


Kalli and Bridger took us on an epic engagement session in Maui!  Kalli’s parents showed my wife and I all over Maui and made us feel right at home on the island.  We went on adventures every day, from a sunrise hike on the rugged Northeast coast to shopping at Louis Vuitton.  We spent most of our time on the Ka’anapali shores but covered three different coasts and the mountainous Iao valley interior.  The views were stunning at every turn and the food, especially the fresh fish, has my mouth watering just thinking about it.  Maui is beautiful and inspiring, but the most refreshing part of the trip was just hanging out with an awesome family that has fun everywhere they go.  Thank you to the Sizemores for sharing your vacation with us!

We did so much on this trip it almost sounds crazy in retrospect!  We went snorkeling (a lot), parasailing, a sunset cruise, a luau, a few hikes on the rugged coast, delicious meals, shopping at all of the nicest stores, and playing around on the beach/poolside all day and night!  In the midst of it all, we made some engagement artwork for Kalli and Bridger.  Stay tuned to Kalli and Bridger's website for more updates: http://www.bridgerandkalli.paulbellinger.com
Paul Bellinger is one of the most exclusive weddingphotographers in Montana.  Paul Bellinger photography specializes in making the wedding photos you’ve dreamed about.  We can do anything under the sun with a camera and are willing to go anywhere and do anything for our exclusive clientele.  There is no adventure too big or wedding too small, from the beaches to the mountains, it is our honor to photograph your wedding.  www.paulbellinger.com

Wednesday, October 22, 2014


I’m testing a new camera system and here are a few of my favorites from a recent day at the ranch.  The fall colors are so pretty out here in Montana.  I am very blessed to live in such a beautiful and inspiring place with great friends that invite us to their ranch!

Why am I testing a new camera system?  I’m a very active photographer and I’m always trying to make better images, so it’s important for me to constantly test new technology that might give me even the slightest edge.  Whether it’s on a wedding day, or on a train across India, I always have my camera with me everywhere I go and never stop making photos.  This new camera is smaller and lighter than my current system.  I am hopeful that the new camera will become my primary travel, landscape and portrait camera, while making a nice backup for my heavier duty wedding photography gear.

At Paul Bellinger Photography we specialize in Montana wedding photography, but we also do a lot of portrait photography, including corporate headshots, fashion portraits and editorial, senior portraits, glamour portraits, and boudoir portraits. www.paulbellinger.com

Thursday, October 16, 2014


I met Ashley and Chad last January at a bridal show and just knew they were exactly the type of couple I’d love to photograph.  After meeting a few times, several drinks, and after lots of Ashley convincing Chad, we finally shot their engagement session eight months later!  It was worth the wait!  Horses play a special part in Ashley and Chad’s romance, so of course I was willing to do an extended engagement session out on a Red Lodge ranch with their horses, even though I’m actually really scared of horses!  It was fine though, I overcame my fear of horses and we made some pretty engagement artwork that they will cherish for generations.  Thank you Ashley, Chad and Aurora for showing me a great time on the ranch!  More to come soon from this Red Lodge engagement session.

As a Montana Wedding photographer based in Billings Montana, I often find myself in the most beautiful places Montana has to offer.  From Red Lodge, to Big Sky, and all the way up to the Flathead and Glacier National Park, I photograph weddings from the streams to the mountains.  My clients have one thing in common: are not satisfied with anything short of the best wedding photography that Montana has to offer.  At Paul Bellinger photography we don’t deliver anything less than heirloom quality artwork worthy of preserving your story for generations to come. www.paulbellinger.com

Tuesday, October 14, 2014


At Paul Bellinger photography we take printing seriously, because it’s the only medium that is guaranteed to preserve your memories for generations.  A hard drive, or CD is not a family heirloom.  Digital is dangerous.  Drives fail, technology becomes obsolete, but prints are timeless.  That’s why we’re excited to be introducing some new print products this fall!  Featured here is a luxurious wooden folio box that is handmade in Billings Montana.  There are currently only two of these boxes in existence, and future boxes will be custom designed for each client so that you will have a truly unique family heirloom.  Inside the folio box is another new product, locally made and mounted fine art prints.  Featured here are 8x12 inch fine art prints with an additional half inch white border, mounted on rigid foam core.  The fine art print is glare free and has a texture that you will absolutely love to hold in your hand.  These types of prints are great for bridal, glamour and boudoir portraits.

This particular print is especially beautiful because it’s one of my amazing brides, Kristen!  More from that photo shoot will be coming soon.  As a Montana wedding photographer I specialize in photographing women, including bridal portraits, glamour portraits, and boudoir portraits.  I have a full service portrait studio in downtown Billings Montana.  www.paulbellinger.com

Monday, October 13, 2014


Katie and I had a ton of fun this summer in the studio!  While everyone else was sweating it out in the heat, we were shooting in the comfort of the studio.  Oh it is sweet to have a real portrait studio in downtown Billings Montana.  This is a fashion portrait from our shoot for Marcasa clothing.  I think this is Katie’s edgiest and most mature look to date, so it will be a needed addition to her model portfolio and she’ll be ready to give modeling her full attention soon.  All wardrobe and styling by Marcasa Clothing, with hair and makeup by Sydney Ross.  I always knew that Marcasa has awesome clothes, but never realized they have such a large selection of jewelry too.

I am Billings Montana portrait photographer Paul Bellinger.  I specialize in making modern, stylish portraits that never go out of fashion.  Look no further for the most exclusive portrait experience in Billings Montana.  www.paulbellinger.com

Monday, October 6, 2014


This Montana wedding photographer has been busy!  The summer is crazy for a wedding photographer in Montana, where everyone is trying to get out and enjoy the beautiful summer weather.  If you’ve been following along with @PJBellinger on Instagram then you know we did our fair share of destination travel this summer for our wedding clients.  It’s an honor that my clients take me to the places that are special to them, and I don’t take it for granted.  I put everything I’ve got into every one of my shoots so that every one is my absolute best effort and I can deliver artwork that is equally special in return.  So without further ado, here are a few of our favorite destinations from Summer 2014:

Top row: Two Medicine Lake at Glacier National Park, Montana; Sears Tower, Chicago Illinois; Emerald Lake, West Rosebud Montana.

Middle row: Sunset, Northwest Coast, Maui Hawaii; Kaanapali Beach Club, Maui Hawaii; Colorful flows, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.

Bottom row: Sunset over Spanish Peaks, Big Sky Montana; Dusk at Wildflower Gardens, Red Lodge Montana; Seattle Skyline, Seattle Washington.

Wow!  We had an epic summer and hope you did too!  Follow @PJBellinger on Instagram to see a lot more of our summer adventures and everything else we’ve been up to!

Montana wedding photographer for any wedding destination, www.paulbellinger.com

Tuesday, September 30, 2014


We were blessed with beautiful light for this awesome engagement session in Billings Montana.  It was a pleasure to finally meet Ben after Melissa and I have been making wedding plans without him!  I could tell right away that Ben stole Melissa’s heart with his humor and charm.  She couldn’t stop smiling around him!  And he was cracking us all up!  Melissa and Ben could have chose any location in the world for their engagement photos, but the place that was the most special for them, was right on their own property in Billings.  I love photographing in the places that are special for my clients!  Melissa has been very patiently waiting for all of our schedules to line up for this shoot, and mother nature rewarded that patience with a beautiful sunset.  Thank you Melissa and Ben, it is my honor to be your wedding photographer!

At Paul Bellinger Photography we specialize in dramatic fine art wedding photography that is as epic as your love story.  We photograph all types of weddings, large and small, from the beaches to the mountains and every destination in between.  We would be honored to photograph your wedding.  www.paulbellinger.com

Sunday, August 31, 2014


Kristen and Jake have an epic love and they are two of my favorite people, so we had to go big with their wedding photos!  On the wedding day we took full advantage of the lake at Wildflower Gardens and the uniquely Red Lodge Montana view in the background.  Two days later we went even bigger, as in nearly 11,000 feet high up on the Beartooth Highway and made some beautiful wedding artwork.  It was a fun filled day, but we did have to go to battle with some massive mountain mosquitos on the other side of the Beartooth Pass that sent us scurrying back up to higher elevation.  In the end, we had the last laugh and were blessed with a stunning sunset on top of the world.  All told, Kristen and Jake had an amazing wedding week in Red Lodge Montana that was a fitting start to the next chapter of their epic romance!  I’m grateful for the honor of being able to add some of my artwork to their story.

Stay tuned to the blog for more from this Red Lodge Montana wedding at Wildflower Gardens: http://blog.paulbellinger.com

At Paul Bellinger Photography we specialize in dramatic fine art wedding photography that is as epic as your love story.  We photograph all types of weddings, large and small, from the beaches to the mountains and every destination in between.  We would be honored to photograph your wedding.  www.paulbellinger.com

Tuesday, August 5, 2014


I love my wedding clients and I will go anywhere and do anything to make the most beautiful artwork I can for them!  Kalli and Bridger don’t get to spend too much time together right now while Bridger is back East for his Navy duties, so the best time for us to shoot their engagement session was during their family vacation to Maui!  Of course we made it happen!  This is exactly why I include worldwide travel in my most popular wedding collection, so that we can go someplace special and make something special.  There’s more coming from this Maui engagement session soon, but for now enjoy this sneak peek inside of the beautiful Ka’anapali Beach Club.

I am Montana wedding photographer Paul Bellinger and I photographer weddings of all shapes and sizes, from the beaches to the mountaintops and every wedding destination in between.  It would be my honor to photograph your wedding.  www.paulbellinger.com